Fairy pri­ons find home on Mana Is

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As­so­ciate Con­ser­va­tion Min­is­ter Nicky Wag­ner has wel­comed the in­tro­duc­tion this month of 100 fairy prion chicks to Mana Is­land.

‘‘Fairy pri­ons are a key­stone species for is­land ecosys­tems,’’ she said.

‘‘The fairy pri­ons will pro­vide a cru­cial boost to Mana Is­land’s ecosys­tem and I look for­ward to hear­ing about the suc­cess of th­ese birds mak­ing the preda­tor- free is­land their home.’’

The translo­ca­tion project is a com­mu­nity part­ner­ship be­tween the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion, Friends of Mana Is­land, Ngati Toa, Ngati Koata, and spon­sors OMV.

Mana Is­land is a Sci­en­tific Re­serve man­aged by DOC.

‘‘ This is another ex­am­ple of the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion suc­cess­fully part­ner­ing with or­gan­i­sa­tions and vol­un­teers who have a shared vi­sion for con- ser­va­tion of our nat­u­ral re­sources. The chicks ar­rived at Mana Is­land and were trans­ferred to their spe­cially con­structed nest­ing houses, which will help them set­tle into their new home.

‘‘ The project will in­volve 200 fairy prion chicks be­ing moved from Stephens Is­land in the Marl­bor­ough Sounds to Mana Is­land, 100 now and another 100 in 2016.’’

The fairy prion is one of New Zealand’s most abun­dant seabirds.

They are com­monly seen in ex­posed coastal wa­ters in New Zealand and in the south-west Pa­cific re­gion.

‘‘Thou­sands of vol­un­teer hours have been spent plant­ing over 500,000 trees, rais­ing funds, in­stalling nest boxes, mon­i­tor­ing birds, and re­mov­ing weeds from the is­land. I com­mend the vol­un­teers on their ef­forts to make this translo­ca­tion pos­si­ble.’’

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